July is about growing plants to eat.

(This month I’m looking at edible gardens – an allotment, herb gardens, a potager or even a single tomato plant. If you want to go bigger then why not a rice terrace in China, a field of corn in the prairies or lavender in Provence; you decide )

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A week or so ago I was lucky enough to spot an open garden for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust which featured a herb garden and a patchwork potager. Given the theme this month it seemed like a good opportunity to find some fresh photos of an edible garden.  I will write more about the actual garden (Trevoole Farm) on my Cornish blog, but for now we’ll have a potter around the patchwork potager.

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A potager is really a combination of a traditional English kitchen garden (which always used to be consigned to the back of the garden) and the style and elegance of a French garden. Plants are chosen for their edible and ornamental nature and put together in such a way to look beautiful whilst providing food for the table.

A potager can be any design, from traditional knot gardens to informal cottage garden style. Even vegetables can be ornamental, think of artichokes. Consider each variety on its own merit. Use purple cauliflowers instead of the usual white ones, heritage varieties of beans and peas, colourful heirloom tomatoes which range from white to almost black; consider the shape and structure of a plant and remember trailing plants can be trained to grow vertically. Plant companion flowers to encourage pollinators (bees and hoverflies) on to the plot or to attract nature’s invaders such as aphids and blackfly away from the edible plants. Marigolds, dwarf French marigolds (tagetes), poached-egg plants (Limnanthes Douglasii), nasturtiums, borage and daisies not only look good, but some of them taste good too.

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If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it JulyThe Edible Garden
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33 thoughts on “garden photography: pottering around the potager

    1. I have never grown fruit or veg other than some runner beans (mainly for their red flowers, though they kept us in beans all summer) and herbs. I have always tried to have herbs. All my blogs are award free (now need to check the sign) but I thank you for the thought 🙂

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    1. The nasturtiums attract bugs so that cabbages aren’t attacked. I have nasturtiums, but no cabbages! Some of the others attract pollinators to the patch.

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    1. It certainly gave me some ideas for what to do with the raised beds next year. I have already sown some borage! I’ll write about the garden soon on the Cornish blog, it was most charming.

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  1. Looking beautiful while providing food for the table. Your photos certainly reflect that, Jude. They’re jewel bright. 🙂 Tomorrow’s walk was going to include a potager but then I remembered an older walk that I needed to post before the blooms go out of season. 🙂 Probably next week! What’s the August theme? I’m awash in gardens 🙂 🙂

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    1. I love the mix of veg and flowers. Though I think the slugs and snails and birds have the most of my meagre offerings so far! I may just settle on the herb garden. And flowers. Been tackling the final weed bed today, though it was much too hot to be out there for long. August is all about flower shows or gardens open for charity and I think you probably have a few of those 🙂

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    1. It was gorgeous! Surprisingly because the weather had been rather dismal and even when setting out it could have gone either way, but the sun shone and it was very warm. I had a good afternoon pottering 🙂

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